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Calling All Former Lifeguards

Published 17 January 2023

Did you ever work as a lifeguard? Please take a few minutes to tell us about it. 


Share your experience to inspire the next generation of lifeguards!

PARD Aquatic Division needs to train and hire another 700 lifeguards for the coming swim season. Recruitment is ongoing. 

Part of this year’s recruitment strategy is to talk about how lifeguarding can be a great career steppingstone. 

Winter Basketball League

Published 20 October 2022


The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will begin opening up registration for our upcoming youth winter basketball leagues.

Do you frequent Lady Bird Lake?

Published 26 August 2022

Lady Bird Lake Survey 2022

Huston-Tillotson University is helping Austin Parks and Recreation understand what people think about issues at Lady Bird Lake such as safety and environmental quality.

If you walk, run, bike, hike, paddle, kayak, float, play, picnic, or relax at Lady Bird Lake, then we want to hear from you!

Take the survey here:

It's back! 45th Annual O. Henry Museum Pun-off

Published 19 August 2022

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Brush Square Museums, in collaboration with the Brush Square Museums Foundation, presents the 45th Annual O. Henry Museum Pun Off World Championships on October 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., an internationally renowned spoken word competition focused on the art of the pun. Usually held behind the O. Henry Museum, this year it will temporarily be hosted at the City of Austin’s Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, while Brush Square is under renovation.

Why is it illegal to jump off bridges in Austin?

Published 2 August 2022

Hundreds of people jump off bridges, so it must be harmless, right? Wrong! It is prohibited in Austin primarily because you can hurt or kill yourself or someone else. Jumpers can land on rocks, rebar, swimmers, boaters or animal life.

Free Zilker Shuttle on Weekends!

Published 20 July 2022

Zilker Shuttle


There’s a free shuttle service to Zilker Metropolitan Park from the One Texas Center parking garage this summer through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022. 

  • It runs 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, and on Labor Day Monday

  • Park in the One Texas Center parking garage, 505 Barton Springs Rd. 

Eastwoods Park Historical Signage Unveiling

Published 26 May 2022

Eastwoods Park

Eastwoods Park has a notable history as the site of Wheeler’s Grove, one of Austin’s earliest Emancipation Parks where African Americans celebrated Juneteenth annually. One of Austin’s first public parks, it was formally opened to the public in 1930. In 1964, it became the first home of Eeyore’s Birthday Party.